Biology/Podiatric Medicine, Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus


7-year program with New York College of Podiatric Medicine) ****BS/DPM


Podiatry is a profession dedicated to the complete care of the feet. Most Doctors of Podiatry, or podiatrists, treat many types of foot problems, but some specialize in foot surgery or other treatments for congenital defects, diseases and injuries of the bones and joints of the foot. A podiatrist can also specialize in podopediatrics (foot ailments of children) or in podogeriatrics (foot ailments of the elderly). Like other health professionals, the podiatrist has the responsibility for referring patients to other practitioners (usually physicians) when foot problems are symptoms of other health disorders, such as diabetes and heart disease.

Students interested in podiatry should obtain their BS, although the New York College of Podiatric Medicine does accept mature and well qualified students after the completion of 90 credits. Students who apply to Schools of Podiatry take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) exam. Applications to Schools of Podiatry must be made through the American Association of Podiatric Medicine Application Service (AACPMAS).

Note that applicants have until April 1st of the year in which they wish to enter to apply. Podiatry schools also will accept spring MCAT scores in evaluating students for fall admission.

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You can register for the Pre-Health Advisory Programs at St. John’s by following these convenient steps:

  • Go to this page, fill out the forms (2 pages) and print them
  • Write a clear autobiography, as indicated on the first page of the registration form.
  • Call Assistant Dean Gregory Gades at (718) 990-1631 and make an appointment to bring the completed registration materials to the Committee.
    Registrations are not accepted by mail. 

Students in the Pre-Health Advisory Programs also are invited to apply for the Watson Premedical Honor Society at St. John’s. The Society provides extra opportunities to increase your knowledge and deepen your experiences in preparation for the health professions. Follow these steps to apply: 

For more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission online. Or contact us directly at the campus of your choice:

Assistant Dean Gregory Gades
(718) 990-1631

Preparing for Admission
Medical, osteopathy, podiatry, optometry, dental and veterinary schools require you to apply about a year in advance (summer prior to the start of senior year). This means that you must complete the required courses in three years. Absence of an important prerequisite on your record at the time you apply may lead to rejection (and will impair your performance on the standardized tests), and will cost you a year's delay in entry to professional school.

Admission to Articulation Agreement Programs
St. John’s students wishing to participate in our of our articulation agreement programs with such schools as Manhattan College or NYU-Poly must meet minimum entrance requirements as set by the articulation program schools before progressing into those programs.  Once a student begins their matriculation at one of our articulation agreement program schools, he/she is no longer considered a St. John’s University student and will be required to pay all the cost associated with attending the articulation program college/university. Students interested in obtaining financial aid must apply for aid through the articulation program college/university.  For specific program information, please consult the St. John’s College Dean’s Office.

Admission Office - Queens Campus


Admission Office -  Staten Island campus

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Additional Information

Many schools require a year of mathematics. MTH 1210, 1220 will fulfill this requirement. You ought to take a foreign language; if you plan to work in the New York metropolitan area, a knowledge of Spanish is desirable. Should you want to pursue research or apply for an MD/Ph.D. program, you ought to study the languages appropriate to the discipline. You will need to be reasonably expert in appropriate computer languages.

Some health professions schools have additional requirements. For instance, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine requires (in addition to animal experience) at least one semester of Biochemistry and one semester of Microbiology. The SUNY State College of Optometry requires, in addition to the general listing of courses, at least one semester of General Psychology and one semester of Abnormal Psychology, plus one semester of statistics (MTH 1210) in addition to Calculus, and one year of social science courses.

It is important for students to include courses that will develop verbal and quantitative skills, such as those with extensive reading and writing and those with statistical analysis and interpretation of charts and graphs. Some of the departments offering such courses include English, philosophy, history, psychology, economics, sociology, and government and politics.

Apart from the fulfillment of their major and pre-health profession requirements, students are encouraged to take courses in the social sciences and the humanities. Professional schools state their preference for "well-rounded" applicants and you should certainly want to obtain a broad education from your college experience. Be sure, as well, you have learned to write with ease. Professional schools expect their students to be literate.

Major subject is unimportant (in spite of cherished beliefs to the contrary). The professional schools accept all kinds of majors. Naturally, biology is close to the interests of most students planning a career in these fields. The best advice is to major in whatever you like--your grades will be better and you will be a better person for it. Whatever major you choose, be sure you take a balanced program, i.e., take more than the minimum number of courses in each of the three broad areas of knowledge--social and behavioral sciences, arts and humanities, and science and mathematics. Professional schools are looking for candidates whose liberal arts background matches their strong performance in the basic science requirements.

Students who are not science majors may want to take additional biology courses. These could be chosen from Grnetics, Physiology, Molecular Cell Biology, Embryology, or Biochemistry.

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Success Story

Biology Major Receives International Fellowship to Study in Germany